Icon and I head to Europe tomorrow. First stop is Basel, Switzerland where I will be working for a week. It's my first time there and I hear it is a beautiful city but I'm worried that I won't get to see much of it. My days are packed with meetings in the office and then in the evenings I'll have to hunker down in the hotel for teleconferences with my SF peeps. I thought about canceling my weekly meetings while I was in Basel but most of them include people from either Welwyn, Basel or Warsaw so it would be rude of me to cancel just because I'm in their time zone. I'm sure no one would mind if I canceled them but then nothing would get accomplished the week I'm gone! I'm hoping I can start some of my days a bit late so Icon and I can get out and do some sight-seeing in the morning before I head to work.
Next weekend Icon and I are going to a local trial in Switzerland. Marco Mouwen was kind enough to get Icon entered in A3 even though we've never done a local trial in Europe before. I'm very thankful I don't have to start in A1! I am a bit nervous about going to this trial though, I'm not sure what to expect (I'm not sure where I'm staying yet either)!
After that I'm meeting up with Laura, Nancy and Susan and we are heading to the lake district near Salzburg, Austria for a couple of days. It looks like a beautiful region and the fact that The Sound of Music was based there is a bonus. That was one of my favorite movies growing up! I can sing any of the songs from the movie on request (but you may regret it if you ask to hear The Goat Herd song).
The final stop on our trip is Bad Hall, Austria for the European Open. I had so much fun last year, I'm hoping this year is as much fun! It's an amazing experience; totally different from the world championships, which is a formal and controlled production. The EO is a huge event and there are so many dogs entered that it's very chaotic but fun nonetheless!